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Newsletter October 2020

In this issue
  1. Activity Round-up
  2. New Works Online
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. Latest Commentary
Activity Round-up

AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images is this weekend at Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua!

Friday 23 October, 6.30pm - CIRCUIT 2020 Artist Cinema Commissions
Saturday 24 October, 9.45am-4.30pm - CIRCUIT Symposium: Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns

The Artist Cinema Commissions are free, and include new work by  Rangituhia Hollis, Ana Iti, Alex Monteith, Sione Monu and Gary-Ross Pastrana. The symposium Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns features presentations by Dr. Carl Mika, David Teh (Singapore), Rachel Rakena, Sorawit Songsataya, Rangituhia Hollis, Vera Mey, Dr. Greg Dvorak (Japan), Lana Lopesi, Ana Iti, David Chesworth (AU), Jasmine Togo-Brisby, Andrew Clifford. Admission $40 waged, $10 CIRCUIT artists / unwaged.

Both events explore how sovereignty is inscribed in art – on page, on screen, in space, on bodies, and in the natural world. Is it altered by contemporary media? Which histories does it invoke, and which does it counter? 

Register for the Symposium and receive a free lunch for all attendees. Do you need a ride? Book a seat on the free bus for either the screening, symposium or both by writing to Israelrandell(at)


Beginning next weekend in Wellington, don't miss The Sound of Seeing a history of Aotearoa experimental sound seen through artists film and video.

New Works Online

Maungataketake - Martin Awa Clarke Langdon

15 min 52 sec / Sound

Thinking about perspective, proximity and connection whilst vainly rebuilding Maungataketake one absurd step at a time. Watch »


Trailer: Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns - CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions 2020 -

38 sec / Sound

The premiere of CIRCUIT’s 2020 Artist Cinema Commissions at Pātaka Art + Museum on 23 October includes new works by Rangituhia Hollis, Ana Iti, Alex Watch »


Am I Dreaming? - Phil Dadson

10 min 1 sec / Sound

"Ruminations on a land, arid & beautiful, little evidence of life. "Toitū te kāinga, whatu ngarongaro he tangata: When the people have disappeared Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Upcoming Events

The Sound of Seeing – sonic experiment in Aotearoa Artists' Film and Video 1973-2020

Oct 30, 2020
The Pyramid Club

The Sound of Seeing is a series of three film screenings which present an alternative history of Aotearoa experimental music, seen through the prism of artists film and video 1973-2020. Presented by CIRCUIT and Epic Sweep Records in association with The Pyramid Club, all of the films demonstrate an instrumental relationship between sound and image. We begin with a work by Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorar... Read More »

CIRCUIT Symposium 2020: Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns

Oct 24, 2020
Pātaka Art + Museum

Presented by CIRCUIT in association with Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua. Saturday 24 October, 2020. Convened by David Teh (Singapore), Keynote by Dr. Carl Mika (Aotearoa)$40 Waged / $10 Students What is sovereignty? Is it innate and universal, or something to be contested and won, in a given place and time? The word suggests an autonomy that is at once individual and collective, yet sovereignty ... Read More »

AURA 2020: Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns

Oct 23, 2020 - Oct 24, 2020
Pātaka Art + Museum

This year's AURA Festival of Moving Images is presented by CIRCUIT in association with Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua. AURA 2020 presents a focussed dialogue between 5 new artist works and a 1 day academic symposium.  Friday 23 October: Screening - CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions 2020Saturday 24 October: Symposium - Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns  AURA 2020 seeks to explore how sover... Read More »

More Events & Screenings »
Latest Commentary

CIRCUIT Cast Episode 92: Rangituhia Hollis

"I don't want that power, I don't think anyone else should have that power" - Rangituhia Hollis Read More »


CIRCUIT Cast Episode 93: Alex Monteith

“I was thinking about what you think is knowledge, what you find out through machinery, and what you find out through attending to things that you see” - Alex Monteith Read More »


Episode 91: Martin Awa Clarke Langdon, Rebecca Hobbs, Qiane Matata-Sipu

Watch Martin, Rebecca and Qiane's collaborative video work Maungataketake (2020) on CIRCUIT here or see it on Masons Screen in Wellington until 3 November. Read More »

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